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    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 31st Dec 17, 4:01 PM
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    Slimming Through The Winter - Slimming World Support Thread 2018
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    • 31st Dec 17, 4:01 PM
    Slimming Through The Winter - Slimming World Support Thread 2018 31st Dec 17 at 4:01 PM
    Shiny new thread, with all the info carried over as follows:-

    Slimming World and Food Optimising is a plan for life, it's not a quick fix and you should look at weight losses over a period of time. There are no prizes for speed of weight loss.

    You need to commit to making changes to the food that you buy and how you cook it, because what you've been doing in the past hasn't got you to where you want to be.

    You can't use parts of the plan that suit you and forget the rest.

    If you are not prepared to make a commitment to change the behaviour that has got you into your current situation then nothing is going to change, and above all things, you need to be honest and accountable for every single mouthful of food that passes your lips.

    You need to care enough to take time out to pre-plan your slimming campaign. Look again at the menu plans and see the variety and volume of food you can eat. All you have to lose is the weight.

    Slimming World has been successfully helping people lose weight for over forty years, so trust them and read your Food Optimising books again and again.

    Food Optimising is easy but life isn't. Losing weight is a battle but you have the battle plan in your food optimising book, your secret weapon is free food, and that, together with your healthy extras and syns add up to a healthy way of eating that can (and should) be a life plan. Success is there waiting for youÖÖÖgo for it!

    If you fancy having a go at EE, here are the official 'rules' to ensure that you not only lose weight regularly but get all the nutrition your body needs to function well:-

    Extra Easy:

    1: Choose your Free Food

    Most of the food you eat should come from the free foods list Ė so thatís pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat, poultry, fish, fruit and vegetables.

    And for super-fast, super healthy results, fill one third of your plate with Speed Foods!

    2: Choose your Healthy Extras

    Each day select one Healthy Extra Ďaí choice and one Healthy Extra Ďbí choice from our simplified list of calcium and fibre-filled foods, including milk, cheese, bread, nuts and cereal.

    3: Enjoy 5-15 Syns each day

    -------------------------------------------------------------

    If you find your weight loss has slowed down or stopped, check:-

    1. Whether everything you're counting as Free, is Free

    2. Whether you're under-estimating Syn values (over-estimate if guessing)

    3. Whether you're counting everything that should be counted

    4. Whether you're measuring everything that should be measured

    5. Whether you're sabotaging your success in any other way (using SAS logs will help uncover individual long-term self-sabotage patterns) and, if none of these is the culprit, either...........

    A: increase the proportion of Speed Foods to half of your plate
    B: switch to more Speed Foods

    or

    C: try Extra Easy SP - details are on this link - https://www.minimins.com/threads/extra-easy-sp-plan.348340/

    And above all, if you follow the plan, any plan, 100% you will lose weight!


    Remember we are all here to support each other, and to have fun, and to share in any little disappointments.

    Link to the List of Healthy Extras as at April 14

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...postcount=4853

    List of Speed foods here - Fruits & Vegetables
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
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    • Nicki
    • By Nicki 10th Jan 18, 8:12 PM
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    Nicki
    Busy day at work today so no opportunity to be tempted by anything naughty to eat!

    Breakfast: porridge, honey banana (HEA HEB 2 syns)
    Lunch: chicken San Fran salad from Giraffe (5 syns)
    Dinner: chicken and noodle stir fry (2 syns)

    Managed 1 litre of water today and only one Diet coke
    • esmy
    • By esmy 10th Jan 18, 8:56 PM
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    esmy
    Evening everyone.

    Welcome to the newbies - you're in very good company here!

    Well done to all the losers - not sure where I'll be at weigh in on Friday. I've had a mixed week so far - stew and dumplings (home made - with suet) for tea tonight, the best comfort food on a miserable day. Aiming for a few syns as possible tomorrow to make up for it!

    My sympathies to those struggling at the moment, whether with illness. sad anniversaries or the January blues.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 10th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
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    beanielou
    At SW today, 6 new members returned with their fabulous first week results,4lbs,5 lbs and biggest loser an incredible 10 lbs.Target members who slipped a little over Xmas all got back into target range,several returning members lost several pounds too.Whole group lost 77 lbs They havent even been announcing numbers for at least 6 months,thats how bad it got with our old consultant.
    So guess who disgraced herself,the only person among 25 in class who put on weight?
    Yep,I put on 1/2 lb.And was surprised it wasnt more.
    Last week was the first anniversary of my sister's death. Just seems to have hit me really hard. I keep thinking about how I am the last remaining person in my generation of our family,made me feel somehow lonely,despite having a big family of my own.Its only a month since I had a bad week remembering the death anniversaries of my mother,brother and sister within a 4 day period.Struggling with depression,butterflies in the stomach like being at the dentist,before the head or at a difficult interview.Barely eating,but when I do its rarely speed foods,its stuffing myself with my fave roasties!. Never opened the book or planned a meal. I'm sitting here feeling as if I am going to be sick,or will burst into tears,but I am going to have a nice comforting cup of hot choc(heaven knows how many syns,cant be bothered even to check.)Then I'll have a hot bath and try for a decent night's sleep,(had no more than 4 sporadic hours for several days) .
    I couldnt share this with anyone in SW class,but I'm glad to share the burden with you. I am determined to get back up from tomorrow to try to get back on track. Normally a 1/2 gain wouldn't bother me much,I tend to look at results over a month,trying for a steady 4 lbs a month overall. But today being so low and being the only person to gain weight was very demoralising indeed
    Originally posted by dustydigger
    Big hugs dusty
    Take care of you.

    I wont have a loss this week either.
    Weight loss not quite at top of my list at the moment.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 10th Jan 18, 9:02 PM
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    beanielou
    Welcome Xspender.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • jayII
    • By jayII 10th Jan 18, 9:09 PM
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    jayII
    Evening all, well done losers and STS and welcome to XSpender and Happy35.

    Today:

    B: porridge and raisins (HEA and 2)
    L: Frylight fried eggs and 2 small slices w/m toast (6)
    D: Baked potatoes, quark, tuna and beetroot
    S: milk in tea/coffee

    Not many speed foods--it was a tough day, so I'm just happy I sort of stayed on plan.
    Total unsecured debt paid off/stoozed in 2018: (£881+33+500)= £1414/£12490.
    Slimming Through The Winter - Slimming World Support Thread #1 2018: 0/8lbs

    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 10th Jan 18, 11:09 PM
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    gettingtheresometime
    Got a stinking cold so no WI today. I am quite surprised and disappointed that SW don't accept sickness or hols on the countdowns. After all they have my money 6 weeks in advance! Never mind, found a Friday am. class not too far from here so will go there if I feel well enough.

    Not renewing my countdown, Friday is my last day of the 6 weeks. Will just stay away for a few weeks and rejoin on a free membership in February. I have a list of mags that do free membership specials somewhere. If I find it I'll copy it here. Especially as there is going to be a book giveaway offer with a countdown in the near future.

    Edited to say: ARGHHH sadly I seem to have lost the SW free membership mag list! If anyone knows of a mag doing this offer towards end January to 6th Feb I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!
    Originally posted by Caterina
    https://ibb.co/hVTcsR

    Unless I know dates of any holidays, I won’t buy a countdown as I agree with your argument.
    Last edited by gettingtheresometime; 10-01-2018 at 11:12 PM.
    Lloyds OD / Natwest OD / PO CC / Wescott / Argos Card cleared thanks to the 1 debt v 100 day challenge


    Next on the list - JD Williams
    • TakeItEazy
    • By TakeItEazy 10th Jan 18, 11:15 PM
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    TakeItEazy
    What makes you think that it makes people lose weight for good? I think there was a Channel 4 documentary last year that stated that 85% of people who lose weight from fad diets and programmes put the weight back on within 3-5 years.

    They even used a former Slimming World 'Slimmer of the Year' as an example, who came on to state that after losing a monumental amount of weight, it all got put on again within a short period of time. Why didnt Slimming World publicise this if they basked in all the glory from her original weight loss?

    All that effort and expense for nothing when the most effective way to lose weight is not really to change much at all....

    Eat what you want but a bit less of it and do a bit more exercise. This sounds really boring in comparison to reading about a man/woman who has gone on this glossy programme to lose weight but in the latter case this is actually just the extreme exception to the rule.
    Originally posted by NineDeuce
    I lost 3.5 st and Have kept it off for over 10 years and SW only had my money for 9 months of that time. Ive gone it alone since then!
    We all have our own opinions and mine is, it works! Thatís why I stick with it!
    Its not what you do but the way that you do it, thats what get results
    Keep the Faith All

    Heartbroken 12.12.13
    • Ish67
    • By Ish67 10th Jan 18, 11:20 PM
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    Ish67
    Hi my lovlies, first time posting on here. Iíd love to join please. My problem is I donít eat hardly anything during the day but still canít shed the weight. Have been told itís coz Iím not eating 😱. I donít eat breakfast which apparently is the biggest mistake. My first intake of food is around midday, which is usually a slice of toast & a tea with no sugar followed by my dinner @ around 6.15pm. Occasionally a cuppa & one biscuit @ about 8pm. HELP ..!!!! 🙏🏽
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 10th Jan 18, 11:40 PM
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    Caterina
    Thank you gettingtheresometime!
    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
    • Lioness Twinkletoes
    • By Lioness Twinkletoes 11th Jan 18, 6:47 AM
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    Lioness Twinkletoes
    Morning

    Quick update from me...

    I had the chicken saag from Iceland with plain boiled rice (added some spinach) on Tuesday and wasn't keen. Not sure I'd bother with that again. I also had a croissant on Tuesday so counted 9 syns.

    Wednesday was a working from home day, so I had:

    B - Fruit and yog
    L - Scrambled eggs x 2 on wholemeal toast (1 slice, HEXB)
    D - Jambalaya. This was a Simply Cook recipe so I am guessing some syns but I did leave out the chorizo and had no syns all day so I'm not worried.

    HEX A - milk

    Today the plan is:

    B - Overnight oats
    L - Left over Jambalaya
    D - SW burger with McCain jacket potato (1 syn) and an exciting assortment of veg including broccoli, peas, asparagus and sweetcorn
    S - Fruit

    HEX A milk and HEX B oats.
    • Lioness Twinkletoes
    • By Lioness Twinkletoes 11th Jan 18, 6:51 AM
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    Lioness Twinkletoes
    Hi my lovlies, first time posting on here. Iíd love to join please. My problem is I donít eat hardly anything during the day but still canít shed the weight. Have been told itís coz Iím not eating 😱. I donít eat breakfast which apparently is the biggest mistake. My first intake of food is around midday, which is usually a slice of toast & a tea with no sugar followed by my dinner @ around 6.15pm. Occasionally a cuppa & one biscuit @ about 8pm. HELP ..!!!! 🙏🏽
    Originally posted by Ish67
    Hi Ish

    Yeah, you need to be eating a lot more - but the right stuff! Have a look at the start of the thread; there is lots of good information to get you started. You might want to consider seeing if there is a class you can attend locally as well.
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 11th Jan 18, 9:34 AM
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    XSpender
    Yesterday didn't quite go to plan. All my meals were OK and I had my HEB and HEA but blew my syns after lunch on a packet of crisps, 2 slices of GF lemon meringue pie and 3 heroes. I enjoyed my lunch but it did not satisfy me, it maybe would have if I had added some carbs. I have planned a JP and beans today hoping it will be more filling.

    I'm not sure how to work out the syns for things not in the book as I don't have access to the app or on line resources anymore.

    Yesterdays food:

    B-GF fibre cereal, 30 ml skimmed milk, hot water and lemon
    L-Omelette - 3 eggs, 30g cheese, ham, with lettuce, carrot, beetroot, cucumber and salad cream
    D-SW Veggie burger, HM SW wedges (with some of the 30g of cheese and season all), peas, corn and BBQ Sauce
    Snacks - Apple, banana, toffee muller lite,
    Syns - Salad cream (1), Milk(0.5), BBQ sauce (1) Crisps (7?) Heroes (7.5) LM Pie *???)

    Today's Plan

    B- 40g oats, FF Greek yogurt, raspberries, 1tsp sweetener
    L- Jacket potato, baked beans, cheese, small side salad - lettuce, cucumber, carrot, beetroot, salad cream
    D - Chicken and Chorizo Spanish Rice, homemade - chicken, onion, pepper, spices, chorizo, paella rice, stock, frozen peas (5.5 syns)
    Snacks - grapes, apple x 2, banana and toffee Muller lite
    HEA - cheese
    HEB - Porridge
    Drink - Water, water and more water
    Syns - dinner (5.5), salad cream (1)

    I would like to not add any extra sys today for treats

    Aiming for half an hour out with the dog at lunchtime to achieve my body magic.
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£677

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17
    Big black hole of debt - £51,950.28 @ 15.01.18

    EF £1000 - £500
    • Nicki
    • By Nicki 11th Jan 18, 9:44 AM
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    Nicki
    I'm not a SW member XSpender so don't have access to their resources and I tend to google to try to find syn values if I don't know them and if that doesn't work use the rule that 20 calories of non free food is about one syn. I think if you are a member though there may be a more accurate syn calculator on their website.

    The size of the slices of pie will affect their syns. Maybe the best thing to do is to decide yesterday was a practice day to learn the rules and start properly from today rather than stressing about how many syns you had? Otherwise, if it were me and I was guessing for myself I'd probably put that down as 30 syns for the two slices.
    • maman
    • By maman 11th Jan 18, 11:24 AM
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    maman
    You're welcome to ask for any syn values xSpender but nicki's right. If something is home made it's difficult to do much more than an inspired guess. Looking online a portion could be between 10 and 20 syns depending on the size and the ingredients (eg. sugar or sweetener).


    Looking at your menus I noticed that you are having quite a lot of non Speed fruits and veg. I think your salads probably add up to the recommended third of each day's food but beware of bananas, grapes, peas and corn (unless baby corn). They're free and healthy but don't count as Speed.


    I didn't manage to post yesterday but I stayed on plan and just had 1tbsp of honey to use up the last of my syns.


    A new week starts here with 105 syns although didn't go to WI. Unfortunately RL is starting to kick back in with meals out etc. I'm out for lunch today and hoping to make wise choices.


    Will report back later.
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 11th Jan 18, 11:39 AM
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    XSpender
    Thanks Nicki and maman for your useful info.

    I do think I need to eat more veg and less fruit and will look in my book to remind myself of speed foods. I didn't make a conscious choice to pick speed foods previously, just free foods, so will give it a go. I use fruit and carbs to fill me up normally so need to find some good alternatives.

    I still had the LM pie box and the syns (using 1 for 20 cals) worked out at 35 syns for the amount I ate yesterday not including the chocs and crisps and planned syns. I hate to think how many syns I was eating before yesterday when I was decluttering the Christmas food
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£677

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17
    Big black hole of debt - £51,950.28 @ 15.01.18

    EF £1000 - £500
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 11th Jan 18, 11:52 AM
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    Got a stinking cold so no WI today. I am quite surprised and disappointed that SW don't accept sickness or hols on the countdowns. After all they have my money 6 weeks in advance! Never mind, found a Friday am. class not too far from here so will go there if I feel well enough.
    Originally posted by Caterina
    You just need to know the holiday dates beforehand. They can put in 'holiday' weeks in after a countdown has started, but it has to be special circumstances, and the consultant has to ring head office to get it put on the system. My consultant has just done it for me for my operation.

    Just joined sw this week, please can you put me down for 7lbs
    Originally posted by happy35
    Welcome. I've added you to the spreadsheet.

    Hi my lovlies, first time posting on here. Iíd love to join please. My problem is I donít eat hardly anything during the day but still canít shed the weight. Have been told itís coz Iím not eating 😱. I donít eat breakfast which apparently is the biggest mistake. My first intake of food is around midday, which is usually a slice of toast & a tea with no sugar followed by my dinner @ around 6.15pm. Occasionally a cuppa & one biscuit @ about 8pm. HELP ..!!!! 🙏🏽
    Originally posted by Ish67
    Welcome. If you have an idea how much you would like to lose by the 4th March I will add you to the spreadsheet.

    Not eating enough can be the cause of not losing weight, especially if what you are eating isn't great. Whether or not you need breakfast, most consider it important, but I do no people that lose but don't eat breakfast.
    Also with what you are eating at lunch, you aren't getting any fruit and veg till dinner, and unless you are eating lots, you won't be getting your 5 a day.

    Post your food diaries on here, and then we can help you to work out what you can change.

    Why don't you eat breakfast? time? not hungry? can't stomach food in the morning?
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 11th Jan 18, 11:54 AM
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    kathrynha
    Not posting a meal plan for today. Feeling ikky, so not managing to stick to plan today
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
    • candyapple
    • By candyapple 11th Jan 18, 12:00 PM
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    candyapple
    Hi everyone

    Bit of a write off yesterday but I did my first bit of exercise in ages on my cross trainer and stepper so hoping that will undo a bit of the damage

    Ish I'd definitely say you aren't eating enough - as mad that sounds when you are trying to lose weight, SW encourages you not to feel hungry and there are tons of free & speed foods you can eat during the day. If you aren't going to a group you can often buy the books on ebay which will teach you the basics. From memory there are a good few on here me included who don't go to a group and use this lovely supportive thread as a virtual group instead! There are lots of handy hints on the first few posts here including one when you are just starting out.

    Today's food:

    B - HEB porridge with HEA milk, cherries & satsuma, cuppa
    L - tuna mayo (2 syns) with pasta and salad (beetroot, pickled onions, carrot)
    T - risotto with reduced fat smoked sausage (4 syns for my portion as OH will scoff most of it) with cucumber & tomato

    Maybe some some more syns later if I feel snacky

    • p00hsticks
    • By p00hsticks 11th Jan 18, 12:02 PM
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    p00hsticks
    I had the chicken saag from Iceland with plain boiled rice (added some spinach) on Tuesday and wasn't keen. Not sure I'd bother with that again.
    Originally posted by Lioness Twinkletoes
    We tried the SW lasagnes ealier this week and weren't impressed - quite tasty but far too runny. I had the vegetable one and OH had the beef one. We still have one of each in the freezer which we will eat but I won't be buying any more - I'm sure I cam come up with a better home made version that's low-syn.

    I had an awful day diet wise yesterday - not sure why.

    For the first time since I started this over three months ago I just felt really hungry and craved (and ate) nuts and chocolate.

    And there was I thinking I'd got to the stage where I could be mature and disciplined enough to keep a pack of kit kats in the house and ration myself to the occasional treat...

    Will try and be extra good today and tomorrow before WI Saturday, and hope I've not done too much damage.

    Today

    Brunch - I have some mushroom, pepper and spring onion breakfast muffins currently in the oven.

    Later - not sure but I think OH may be out and I have loads of eggs to use up so it may be a spanish omelette with wholemeal bread (HEXB) and cheese (HEXA).

    Snacks: red pepper, clementines, banana
    • gingerfurball
    • By gingerfurball 11th Jan 18, 12:47 PM
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    gingerfurball
    First of all - ((Hugs)) to all in need - especially, from my quick read back, beany and dusty - and a great big whoop whoop for Kathryn and many good thoughts and prayers as you get ready for your operation.

    Secondly sorry for not posting more regularly - life has been a bit hectic at the minute..MIL is stable in hospital and is being assessed by OT and eye doctors and is in the best hands. My poor daddy is very poorly with pneumonia but is also stable and (if he would just stay in bed!) on the way to recovery.

    DH and I are for Lanzarote next week (5 days all inclusive ) if things go well - this is the main reason I haven't been around this last couple of days - well turns out I had no passport.

    A couple of months ago I renewed my drivers licence and sent my passport as verification of my photos -well you know when you're not looking for something you don't miss it - well it was only the other day when getting things ready for the holiday when I remembered - hey! The DVLA didn't return my passport!! So on the phone with them for hours...passed from one operator to another, then supervisors to another - upshot is - well we didn't get it!! And I said well I got my licence back so therefore you MUST have got it...they denied everything and the upshot was I had to get a new passport with no repercussions for the DVLA!!

    So I realised that time was short so I phoned to arrange an appointment with the passport off for a one day fast track passport - only to be told that they only do one week (guaranteed) fast track for lost ones! So yesterday I had to do a 160 mile round trip (on the bus!) to our passport office in the hope it arrives before Tuesday of next week. To be fair the girl was very helpful and said that they were well within their guaranteed times at the minute - spoke to her supervisor and more or less told me it would definitely be with me in time (but I'm not too trusting of government departments at the minute!)

    Anyway - sorry for the essay!!

    Food has been ok

    Yesterday I missed breakfast as I was travelling on the bus but
    L: big old chicken, ham and cheese salad (all measured)
    D: Spag Bol
    Syns: wine (much needed)

    Today:
    B: 2 boiled eggs and a green apple
    L: LO spag bol (it's full of speed)
    D: chicken legs roasted with onions, peppers and garlic served with loads of veggies
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